The Student From Malden Celebrates Her Admission to The Ivy League
EVERETT – May 10, 2022 – Pioneer Charter School of Science II (PCSS II), based in Saugus, is pleased to announce one of its high school seniors has committed to attend one of top universities in the country: the Ivy League’s Brown University.
Neva Matthews, age 18, of Malden, recently received her acceptance letter from the Providence, Rhode Island-based university, where she plans to study Biomedical Engineering. Neva endured a full year of online education before returning to in-person classes in August 2021, where her and her classmates combined to have a 100% college acceptance rate.
“High School is by no means easy and the course requirements of PCSS II make it especially challenging, but I have realized that Pioneer helped me cultivate academic stamina that transferred as I was applying to colleges. Classes at Pioneer always pushed me to my limits and kept me on my toes and I am glad to say that it paid off,” said Neva Matthews. “I know content only gets harder from here but thanks to the solid foundation the PCSS community built in me I am confident to thrive wherever I go.”
“A huge congratulations to Neva,” Barish Icin, CEO at PCCS, said. “We’re always proud of our students for getting accepted anywhere, but to get into a school like Brown after the past two years these kids have had is a truly amazing achievement. Her remarkable dedication has certainly paid off and we look forward to her future successes in college and beyond.”
With schools in Everett (PCSS I) and Saugus (PCSS II), Pioneer Charter School of Science offers a rigorous academic curriculum emphasizing math, science, and analytical thinking skills balanced by a strong foundation in the humanities. The school offers extended days/hours and career-oriented college preparation. Students must pass five math and five science classes in order to graduate – more than state standards, and students must complete 40 hours of community service. The school has a 195-day school calendar, extended days, after school tutoring and “voluntary” Saturday classes for students who need extra help.